traffic safety News

More California Drivers Spotted Using Cellphones, Traffic Report Shows

The number of California drivers using cellphones is rising, as are deaths and injuries blamed on distracted driving. The California Office of Traffic Safety reported this week that nearly 13 percent of drivers were seen using mobile devices in an …

Colorado Governor Again Vetoes Bill to Ban Red-Light Traffic Cameras

For the second consecutive year, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has vetoed a bill that would have enacted a statewide ban on red-light traffic cameras. Hickenlooper said he agrees with lawmakers that photo enforcement tools should only be used for public …

Hawaii Sues Takata, Honda over Defective Air Bags

The state of Hawaii is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata over defective air bags they say threaten peoples’ lives. The lawsuit filed last week in the First Circuit Court of Hawaii also names auto manufacturer Honda. Millions of Takata’s defective air bags …

Seattle Considers Adding More Red Light Cameras

Red light cameras led to nearly 40,000 tickets in Seattle. in 2015. Now Washington’s largest city is considering adding more. KING-TV reported Seattle’s existing red light cameras brought in more than $5 million last year. The Seattle Department of Transportation is …

U.S. Traffic Deaths Up 9%

U.S. traffic deaths rose 9.3 percent in the first nine months of last year after years of decline. The  latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report estimates that more than 26,000 people died in traffic crashes in the first …

Maine Police Stumped by Rise in Pedestrian Deaths in 2015

Maine law enforcement officials are perplexed by a troubling year-end statistic: 2015 has been the worst year for pedestrian deaths in nearly two decades. Numbers compiled by the Maine Department of Transportation and Maine Bureau of Public Safety indicate 18 …

Maine Pedestrian Deaths in 2015 Highest in Past 10 Years

The Maine Department of Public Safety says more pedestrians in the state have been killed by motor vehicles in 2015 than any other year in at least a decade. The Portland Press Herald reports state records show 16 Mainers have …

Vermont Trooper Specializes in Speeders on I-89 Hotspot

A stretch of the southbound side of Interstate 89 in Vermont is a hotspot for speeders traveling faster than 100 miles per hour and a member of the Vermont State Police’s traffic safety unit has made a specialty of catching …

Feds: Axle From Duck Boat in Deadly Washington Crash Sheared Off

Federal investigators say the left front axle of a duck boat involved in a deadly Seattle, Wash. accident was sheared off, but they don’t know if it was damaged before the collision with a charter bus that killed four international …

New Mexico Police Use Software to Stop Distracted Driving

Farmington police may be the first in New Mexico to crack down on distracted officers who try to use a patrol computer while driving. New software to prevent distracted driving has been installed in most of the department’s vehicles in …